Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) AG today launches the binding phase of its market test with an information phase, which provides two months lead time until actual bids may be submitted, starting 17 July 2021, Report informs, referring to TAP AG.
The binding phase opens following the approval of the Project Proposal of TAP, the Italian transmission system operator (TSO) Snam Rete Gas (SRG), and the Greek TSO DESFA by the national regulatory authorities of Greece, Albania, and Italy, in May 2021.
The binding phase documents, including the Project Proposal, the Joint Notice of TAP, SRG and DESFA, the Binding Phase Notice of TAP, and the supporting documentation and relevant forms, are available
Luca Schieppati, TAP Managing Director, said: “After four and a half months since gas flow via TAP started, we transported more than 2 billion cubic meters of gas and provided safe and reliable transmission services to our shippers. The possibility to expand TAP’s capacity in stages, in line with the relevant demand and supply, is a significant opportunity, especially for the countries in the South-Eastern Europe region, which could enable them to reach their decarbonisation targets.”
TAP transports natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz field in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea to Europe. The 878 km long pipeline connects with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Greek border in Kipoi, crosses Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy.
TAP will facilitate gas supplies to South Eastern European countries through prospective interconnectors. In particular, Bulgaria will be able to cover up to 33% of its total gas demand through TAP after the completion of the Interconnector Greece Bulgaria (IGB). TAP’s exits in Greece and Albania together with the landfall in Italy provide multiple opportunities for further transport of gas from Azerbaijan to the wider European markets.
As a key part of the Southern Gas Corridor, TAP is strategically and economically important to Europe and essential in providing reliable access to a new source of natural gas. TAP plays a significant role in boosting Europe’s energy security, supply diversification, as well as decarbonisation objectives.
TAP’s shareholding is comprised of bp (20%), SOCAR (20%), Snam (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%), and Axpo (5%).